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Let love be without dissimulation

Romans 12:4-14 says, “[4] For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: [5] So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. [6] Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; [7] Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; [8] Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. [9] Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. [10] Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; [11] Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; [12] Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; [13] Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. [14] Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.”

Six things I could think of when I was reading this chapter;
1. Earn trust

We’re one body in Christ, it doesn’t matter we are many, we are everyone’s one member of another. Paul says every man that is among you, should not think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but think soberly. What that means is earn trust one of another. Be kind, be affectionate, respect and love one another.
2. Be focused

Let us wait on our ministering; on teaching, on exhortation and giving.
– do it with simplicity, with diligence and with cheerfulness.

Be focused on the will of God.
3. Own results

Whether you prophesy, teach or minister. Always remember the gift isn’t more important than the result. Aim to own good, acceptable and perfect results in the sight of God.

Romans 12:2 says, “…be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

4. Think differently

Don’t be conformed to this world

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind… and perfect, will of God.”

1 Corinthians 14:20 says, “Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

However, Romans 12:16 says, “Be of the same mind one toward another…Be not wise in your own conceits.” Don’t think you know it all!
When I say think differently I’m not suggesting that you go about despising others. Provide things honest in the sight of all men and be of the same mind one toward another!

5. No silos

A silos mind-set is present in some ministers who refuse to share information with others. This type of mentality will reduce the efficiency of the overall work of God. “…Be not wise in your own conceits.” Don’t think you know it all! But provide things honest in the sight of all men and be of the same mind one toward another!

“…Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” Romans 12:9. Bless and curse not.
6. Simplify

Think soberly, “he that exhorteth…let him do it with simplicity.” Romans 12:8

Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” Romans 12:16

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Bible verse of the day

Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

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